Our goal-setting teaching strategies to pass along to your students. Plan a Scavenger Hunt This could involve students searching the classroom to find things like the pencil sharpener or the hall pass, or it could ask them to discover which of their classmates took a long trip over the summer or who has a younger brother. Assess Learning Styles or Multiple Intelligences For older students, the first day of school can be a great chance to find out more about how they learn. There are many different learning style inventories available online.
Back to School Resource Page First Day Hunt To familiarize students with the school and personnel, I take students on a hunt for a certain goodie cookies, watermelon, etc. Before school begins I hide the goodie somewhere on campus and write out clue cards.
On the first day of kindergarten we read the clues which take us around the school, into the office, the library, restrooms, playground, etc.
As we read the clues we look for the goodie in all the places. The last clue leads us to the goodie. After the students find the treat they get to eat it.
We also then create a map of the school and create a book about our hunt. Distribute a small piece of paper to each student for them to write at least one thing they think they cannot do academically. Or bury it away somewhere in your school or classroom to pull out at the end of the year.
This is an old book that none of the children have ever read, so the story is always a surprise to them. Walter is very lazy and never pays attention in school. He ends up getting lost, and meets three frogs.
He tries to teach the frogs what he knows, but soon realizes that he only knows the wrong answers since he did not pay attention in class.
He goes back home, returns to school, and becomes a good student himself, so he can come back and teach the frogs correctly. They add things about themselves, including their birthdays and their favorite things to do. The posters are then displayed on the wall in the classroom.
Drucilla, Grade 3 Bookmarks When the children arrive on the first day of school I have a bookmark waiting for them on their desks. I ask them to make it as beautiful as possible as it will be very important to them throughout the year. I cut a poster up and give each student a piece of the puzzle.
Be sure to put a dot in one of the corners so that you know which side is up. The students put their name on it and decorate it. Then as a class we put the puzzle together on a bulletin board. This is great for problem solving and cooperative learning. Every year the kids love it.
Cheryl Pauly Common Threads Materials: Any other student in the classroom finds a way to connect, and raises their hand. The student with the twine holds the end of the twine and chooses where to pass it, preference given to students who have not connected yet. Each student who has connected holds the string and passes the ball of twine.
The connections sometimes get very fun and creative, and rewinding the ball of twine shows you a thing or two about how manageable your class is! John Markealli Cover Sheets Many of the classrooms in my district are arranged in a way that groups 3 or 4 students together in individual desks.
On the first day, have the students decorate a plain manila file folder with their name and any other decorative elements that they choose. The requirements can be changed. The teacher collects the letters to put them in individual envelopes. At the end of the year, the teacher passes out their letters.
The students read their own letter. This can lead to other activities such as sharing their letters, seeing if their opinions changes a great deal. It is exciting to read all the letters to get to know the students, understand where they are coming from, and what they expect.
At the end of the year it is exciting to observe the students react to their own letters and share with others. Another adaptation is that I give this assignment to the 6th graders. Then I give them the letters when they graduate the 8th grade.
Some students really get a kick out of reading what they wrote 3 years prior. V Family Tree During the first week of school my Kindergarteners help me to make a large tree out of Brown Butcher paper. I encourage parents at open house to send in 2 or 3 family pictures to put on the family tree.
We then add leaves—green for the beginning of school, then we change them as the foliage turns.The school year begins for students on Aug. 28, at Melissa Schools. Aug 04, · Why start before Labor Day? Do schools hate summer? We get some answers. On the first day of school, I have a letter ready for each child.
Although the letter is the same, each is addressed with the child’s name.
In the letter I introduce myself, talk about my family, my summer holidays and my hobbies. Yes, the first day of school is extremely exciting, but those first few hours with your students are also critically important. In fact, they can actually make or break the entire school year. Let the little things go.
The biggest mistake I made during my first year of teaching was letting little things go. On the first day of school, I have enough pre-cut letters ready for each child to spell out their first name twice. Each student is provided a sheet of cardstock cut to fit their name, and folded in half to form a tent.
When is the first day of school in Kentuckiana? Here are the start dates. Here are the start dates for students in school districts in the greater Louisville area, .